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About“Having your child learn two languages at the same time will confuse them, won’t it?” “You know that teaching your child multiple languages is just going to cause a speech delay?” These are common questions that may be asked of families and caregivers who are supporting young children to become multilingual. The answer is “No” to all of the above. Learning two languages at the same time does not negatively affect speech development. On the contrary, bilingualism might help a child to achieve greatly. Read on to learn about ten benefits of being bilingual.
AboutIn case anyone asks why you see supporting the home languages of young children as essential, here are some good responses.
AboutA useful resource for professional development, each of these in‐services contain a short video and a set of supporting materials. A trainer version of each in‐service is also available and contains the presentation slides, notes and learning activities. Look under the heading “Language Modeling and Conversations” to find suites on expansions, asking questions, engaging children in conversations, thick and thin, and more.
Publication DateUpdated September 2019
AboutThis collection, which includes both current and older titles, ranges from Lullaby for a Black Mother by Langston Hughes to Firebird by Misty Copeland.
AboutThe talented women at Good Things for Young Children have created a set of developmentally appropriate ideas to engage with children and made those resources available in English and Spanish. The activities support learning and development across all domains.
AboutThis thoughtfully written article offers evidence-based strategies for building the capacity to understand and demonstrate empathy. Using headings like “develop your child’s empathy muscle” and “expand your child’s circle of concern beyond family and friends,” the author sorts suggestions into meaningful chunks.
AboutThis website highlights five ways in which trauma-informed care can support children's healthy development.
AboutIt might sound counterintuitive, but one strategy widely recommended by children's health professionals is to engage a child in short, daily sessions of child-led play. In addition to providing the evidence for this approach, this article also shares an acronym “PRIDE” to help family members and caregivers to remember the tenets of child-led play.
A Creative Adventure: Supporting Development and Learning Through Art, Music, Movement, and Dialogue: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
AboutPart of a resource package by Head Start, this guide contains activities, discussion topics and questions, and practical suggestions for parents and professionals working with infants to preschoolers to facilitate their development and learning through creative means. This link contains a video showing how teachers and parents can use art, music, and drama activities to foster children’s creativity and support their learning.
AboutWatch what happens when the residents of Humboldt County, California, wake up one day to find that all their child care providers have mysteriously disappeared and a good portion of the workforce has to stay home to take care of their kids.
AboutIntended for governors and state policymakers, this document outlines and describes five policy actions to get all children reading on grade level by third grade.
AboutThis publication highlights six evidence-based teaching practices that may be used by adults (e.g., family members, practitioners) or, in some instances, by other children, to help facilitate children’s participation in everyday routines, learning experiences, and activities. Each practice (e.g., scaffolding, modeling) is summarized and examples of how to use the practice are provided in English and Spanish. Using these strategies engages children in activities, maintains their interest, and provides opportunities for them to learn concepts and thinking skills that support learning when using adaptations.
AboutThis story is about a beautiful friendship that blossomed between two young girls in a preschool classroom. The children’s parents and teacher describe how the friendship helped both girls learn social and academic skills.
AboutEnjoy this story about how Mia was included in her preschool classroom, learned her classroom expectations, built academic and social skills, and made an impact on everyone in her classroom. Her teacher, parent, and preschool coordinator share their insights about strategies used to make this happen.
AboutSing along with Jason Mraz, Elmo, and other Sesame Street friends and you too might be motivated to go outdoors.
AboutHow is teaching diverse young children like bowling? Watch this video from Dr. Shelley Moore to find out. Then consider the following: Were you or someone in your family “outside pin” learners? What was that like? And how can you use your knowledge of UDL to create effective ways to support children who are 7-10 split learners?
AboutThis brief video uses the words and feelings of children to express the importance of incorporating the “gift” of home language, culture, and identity in learning. Multiple examples of how educators can do that are illustrated.
AboutThis paper describes Head Start Trauma Smart (HSTS), an early education/mental health cross-systems partnership designed to work within the child͛'s natural setting-in this case, Head Start classrooms. The goal of HSTS is to decrease the stress of chronic trauma, foster age-appropriate social and cognitive development, and to create an integrated, trauma-informed culture for young children, parents, and staff. The HSTS program emphasizes tools and skills that can be applied in everyday settings, thereby providing resources to address current and future trauma.
AboutThis issue brief offers hope and a way forward so that all children and their families can attain optimal physical, social, and emotional development and well-being. Presented are the latest data documenting the prevalence of ACEs among children in the U.S. This brief also points to strategies that families, caregivers, providers, and communities can implement to reduce the negative health effects associated with ACEs, heal, and help children thrive in the face of adversity.
AboutIn collaboration with families of children and youth with special health care needs, health care professionals, public health leaders, researchers, academic institutions, and other Federal partners, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau recently released a Blueprint for Change, a national framework to improve care for the nearly one in five children in the United States who currently has a special health care need. The series of 7 articles include detailed discussions of four critical areas for change: health equity, family and child well-being and quality of life, access to services, and financing of services.